Binary Search Algorithm for GCSE and A Level Computer Science

Binary search is an algorithm which is fundamental to both GCSE and A Level Computer Science for all boards. It is a very clever algorithm which reduces the time needed to search for items in large datasets dramatically. It is important to note that in order to use binary search, your data must be sorted. […]

SQLite with Python for GCSE and A Level Computer Science

In this article we will learn how to use the SQLite database management system with Python for GCSE and A Level Computer Science. You will need to know about how SQL works for GCSE Computer Science with OCR and it will certainly help with Computer Science GCSE with Edexcel and Cambridge, although in those syllabuses […]

Python for GCSE Science and Maths

It often surprises me how little integration there seems to be between Computer Science and other STEM subjects. Just think of the possibilities! Python is the language of choice for working with data in a vast range of professional fields. Astronomy? Of course. Marine Biology? You bet. Financial Analyst? Yep! Wouldn’t it be good to […]

Counting Letters Using a Python Dictionary

Some Python developers would say that there are two fundamental constructs which form the basis of the language: lists and dictionaries. Whether or not that is true, they are both certainly very important. All the GCSE Computer Science specifications mention arrays, and although there are technical distinctions, for many purposes the notion that lists are […]

Exam-Only Computer Science GCSE Assessment

If you are a student or parent thinking about whether Computer Science GCSE is a good choice for you or your child, you may have heard about the discussions that have been taking place regarding coursework in this subject. The topic was bought to public attention in 2017 when it was found that both students […]

Tron Classic Arcade Game in Python

In this article we will have more fun and games with the Python Turtle Graphics Module. There are so many things you can do with this module from very basic programs to quite sophisticated applications, making it an ideal learning tool for GCSE Computer Science. One resource based on Python Turtle Graphics that is not […]

Circle Sector Challenge for GCSE Computer Science

Maths GCSE and Computer Science GCSE are often taught very separately, and yet they make excellent companions. Writing a program to explore a topic from Maths can really help to understand the topic deeply as well as providing a great opportunity to practice your coding skills. Here’s a fun challenge to keep your programming skills […]

GCSE Computer Science Programming Practice – Pascal’s Triangle

Whether you are going to start your GCSE Computer Science course next term or are already halfway through, it’s always a good time to do some coding practice. Here’s a fun intermediate level challenge for all you coding enthusiasts out there. Coding Pascal’s Triangle with Python Pascal’s Triangle is a fascinating mathematical structure which contains […]

Triangle Symmetries with Python Turtle

Making connections between GCSE Computer Science and GCSE Maths is a great way to turbo-charge your learning in both subjects. There are so many areas where the same knowledge can come up in both. For example coordinates, variables, inequalities, formulas and many other topics. There is an article about calculating distance here, with a game […]

Python Turtle Graphics Demos

If you are using the standard installation of Python from python.org which comes with the IDLE editor, there are some exciting demonstrations of the power of the turtle module available at the click of a mouse. The turtle module is hugely useful for learning about and teaching programming, and also great fun. It provides a […]